The Williams Children’s Literature Collection and Reading Room
Location: Old Main 214
Spring 2014 Open Hours:
Monday: 8:00 am to 1:00 pm
Details and Information
The Williams Children’s Literature Collection and Reading Room was established in 2011 by Rob and Judy Williams. The Collection and Reading Room, located in Old Main 214, houses a wide variety of contemporary and historical children’s and adolescent literature with an emphasis on national and international award-winning selections. The Reading Room provides an environment designed for individual and group study of children’s literature and research within the discipline. Celebrated children’s literature authors and illustrators will headline the annual Lecture Series in Literacy allowing area educators, librarians, and interested parents to experience the Williams Children’s Literature Collection and Reading Room.
Author Kimberly Willis Holt was the speaker at the grand opening of the Williams Children’s Literature Collection and Reading Room on Thursday, Nov. 15 in Old Main, Room 214.
"You can have one year off to write." That's what Kimberly Willis Holt's husband told her back in June 1994. She didn't own a computer so she began to write on yellow legal pads. Since then she's written 17 books and won many awards and honors, including the National Book Award for Young People's Literature. She's never gone back to a traditional job.
Kimberly is a former Navy brat who has lived around the world but always considered herself a southerner. She's proud of her Louisiana roots. The little town of Forest Hill where her parents grew up is reflected in several of her books. She's been a Texan for the last 30 years, and her book WHEN ZACHARY BEAVER CAME TO TOWN is set in the Texas Panhandle.
Somewhere along the way, she bought a computer.
To reserve the reading room for meetings or events please contact:
Dr. Judy Williams, Director of Reading Room
View the current List of books: webres/File/ReadingRoom_Books_List.xlsx